At the moment these only have our desks in it and some new Fairtrade tea towels from London dotted around (like them!), but the design plans look pretty good so I hope it will be finished before I leave. I must say that it is a stark change of pace of life from Moshi to Nairobi. There's no view of Kili out of my window anymore - just the relentless lines of cars and buses in gridlock. It is certainly very different, but I am loving it nonetheless. Activity abounds, new staff have arrived and are busy meeting people and establishing their new roles. They are all great; it is nice to work within a bigger team.
I left my bike in Moshi after taking advice that I wouldn’t be safe on the madness of the roads (a wise decision) so I travel to work on a matatu (bus) listening to the local radio station at max volume trying to find some Zen in the noise before I start my day. This doesn’t normally work. I end up laughing at my attempt to do so.
I’ve been storming away trying to get everything ready for the new website – content, images, French translation etc. Things are on track and the new staff have been great at inputting into the project to make it a team effort. All should be ready for a launch in mid July. Watch this space.
3 of the new staff managed to visit the Fairtrade Foundation in London for a week. They came back very inspired – thanks to all at Fairtrade Foundation staff for looking after them and sharing with them what you do. Let the links continue!